Item description for Getting It Wrong: The Medieval Epistemology of Error (Studien Und Texte Zur Geistesgeschichte Des Mittelalters) by G. R. Evans...
This text deals with the dark side of the medieval theory of knowledge, the ways in which perceptions can err, curiosity get out of hand, and knowledge damage the knower. The first and second parts explore the organs, powers and facilities of the soul and the ways in which teaching and learning occur. The third part of the book examines medieval ideas of "common knowledge" and the ways in which individuals can share or fail to share the knowledge human beings ought to have. The fourth part considers wisdom and folly, security and incompleteness of knowledge, truth and lies.
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G. R. Evans is Professor of Medieval Theology and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of numerous, critically-acclaimed books in the fields of patristic, medieval and Reformation history and theology, including Augustine on Evil (1982), Problems of Authority in the Reformation Debates (1992), The Church and the Churches (1994), Philosophy and Theology in the Middle Ages (1993), Law andTheology in the Middle Ages (2002), and Anselm (1989). G. R. Evans is also the author of A Brief History of Heresy (2003), and the editor of The Medieval Theologians (2000), also in the Great Theologians series, both published by Blackwell.
G. R. Evans currently resides in Cambridge. G. R. Evans was born in 1944 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Cambridge Cambridge University Cambridge University Sidn.
G. R. Evans has published or released items in the following series...
Classics of Western Spirituality (Paperback)
Earlier Middle Ages
Great Medieval Thinkers (Hardcover)
Great Medieval Thinkers (Paperback)
HarperCollins Spiritual Classics
Lincoln Studies in Religion and Society
Outstanding Christian Thinkers (Paperback Continuum)
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Getting It Wrong Nov 10, 2009
What, in the end, is the importance of the vast body of philosophical and theological work explored in this volume? It is likely to be an important question for the modern reader whether there is anything lastingly useful in these explanations devised by the best minds of more than a millenium and a half. In many places one would have to say yes. But that depends upon accepting assumptions which are not now as current or seemingly self-evident as they were then.
Yet, putting it at its most modest, there is something substantial to be salvaged, beyond that which is of historical interest. Framing the right questions is arguably a more important task of enquiry than arriving at the right answers. Of course these accounts, for the most part, will still not do. But the questions they seek to answer are still with us. And while they remain so, these wrestlings will be instructive.